Is Another Siberian Apocalypse Close at Hand?
by Alex Michael Bonnici
As my good friend Ralph Buttigieg has recently written the Earth had another close encounter with a Tunguska sized body a week ago today. It is becoming more and more apparent that the issue of Near Earth Objects must be seriously addressed before some city or other densely populated area falls victim to a Celestial 9/11 event. It is my personal belief that another Siberian Apocalypse very much like that which befell the Tunguska region of Siberia a little more than a century ago is very close at hand.
The object that came dangerously close to us last week goes by the mild mannered and rather obscure designation of 2009 DD45. But as the British weekly science journal New Scientist reported in its March 7th, 2009 issue:
An asteroid about the size of the one that levelled the forest in Tunguska, Siberia, a century ago flew past Earth on Monday - well within the Moon's orbit. The risk of a future impact with the object is not yet known.
The asteroid, dubbed 2009 DD45, whizzed just 72,000 kilometres above the Earth's surface. That is less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon and just twice the distance to geosynchronous satellites.
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